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Old 12-19-2008, 12:00 AM   #1
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A question about mounting floppy

I've done some reading on google and on these forums concerning this issue. All of the proposed solutions have not worked for me.

First of all I have ls -l /dev/fd0
and it returns

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 Dec 18 22:41 /dev/fd0 -> floppy/0

so I know that this a valid block

The output from dmesg | grep -i floppy is

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide

In the /etc/fstab file

/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy vfat noauto,noatime,users,suid,dev,exec 0 0 # AutoUpdate

So it's already on noauto

Yet when I try and mount

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
it returns

mount: /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device

What should I do?
Old 12-19-2008, 01:13 AM   #2
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Is the floppy light on all the time?
If not - does it light a bit when the mount command is tried?
If not - check that the floppy drive is on power.

I get:
$ ls -l /dev/fd0
brw-rw---- 1 root floppy 2, 0 2008-12-09 14:11 /dev/fd0

... which distro are you using?

notice that your
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 Dec 18 22:41 /dev/fd0 -> floppy/0
... means that /dev/fd0 is not a block device. It is a link - hopefully to a valid device.

check that /dev/floppy/0 is a block special device.


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